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The Los Angeles Rams (3-1) have to be considered the biggest early-season surprise in the NFL so far considering they lead the NFC West by one game over the Seattle Seahawks (2-2) and Arizona Cardinals (2-2), the preseason favorites to win the division.

This Sunday, the Rams will host the Seahawks as small home betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com and try to make a serious statement with another victory.

Los Angeles has split its first two home games, routing the Indianapolis Colts 46-9 as 3.5-point favorites in the season opener and then dropping a 27-20 decision to the Washington Redskins the following week as 3-point chalk. The Rams are coming off an impressive 35-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday as 5-point road underdogs.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks woke up in the second half last week in the Sunday Night Football matchup to blow out the Indianapolis Colts 46-18 after trailing 15-10 at halftime.

Seattle improved to 2-0 at home but has gone 0-2 on the road both straight up and against the spread. Seattle has won 18 of the past 24 meetings with the Rams but has failed to cover three of the last four, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

A bit later on Sunday, the Cowboys (2-2) will be looking to rebound from their loss to the Rams when they host the Green Bay Packers (3-1) as small home favorites in a rematch of last year’s Divisional Round playoff game. The Packers won the last meeting 34-31 in overtime as 5-point road dogs, and they are hoping to win their third in a row following their lone loss of the season to the Atlanta Falcons back in Week 2.

The Dallas defense was disappointing in the loss to Los Angeles and will need to improve quickly in order to hold Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense in check. Rodgers carved up the Cowboys in their playoff win with 355 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Rodgers threw for a season-low 179 yards but a season-high four touchdowns last Thursday in a 35-14 victory against the Chicago Bears. The Packers have won six of the past seven meetings with the Cowboys SU, going 5-2 ATS at sports betting sites in those games.

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New England continues to take a close look at free agent passers.

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

On the day after their blowout week one loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots brought in multiple players for free agency workouts. The first group included three players, among them quarterback Thad Lewis. The second group of workouts featured three passers, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Let’s take a look at them.

QB Matt Barkley

After playing his college career at USC, Matt Barkley was selected by the Philadelphia Eaglesin the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft. However, Barkley struggled to carve out a role on the Eagles’ roster and was subsequently traded to the Arizona Cardinals. The 27-year old had stints with the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers afterwards but again was unable to make a positive impact. Last week, the 49ers released the 6’2, 225 lbs passer during final roster cutdown – since then, Barkley was a free agent.

QB Matt McGloin

After not getting picked during the 2013 NFL draft, Matt McGloin signed a free agency contract with the Oakland Raiders. The 6’1, 210 quarterback spent the first four years of his career in California, seeing spot-duty as a backup and part-time starter. Overall, McGloin appeared in 13 games, completing 161 of 277 pass attempts for 1,868 yards as well as 11 touchdown and 11 picks. After a short stint with the Eagles, McGloin now is a free agent.

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James Bettcher’s defense looking to clean up run game after being mauled by the Bears.

If you were looking to see a solid defensive performance from the Cardinals’ starters on Saturday, you probably were better off flipping the channel. What usually is an inept offensive unit, the Chicago Bears took advantage of a weak front seven when the starters were on the field.

Tarik Cohen was running with the football like he stole something and collected 77 yards on just 11 carries against the starters. Not quite a concern yet, as they played only into the early minutes of the second quarter.

What will be a concern, however, is the loss of Robert Nkemdiche for the remainder of the preseason. For now, he will be out 2-3 weeks after suffering a calf strain, just ahead of the most important preseason game in Atlanta. He will sport a protective boot for now and is officially listed as “day-to-day.”

Kareem Martin looking to contribute in dime packages

When it comes to the positions of the two outside linebackers, the Arizona Cardinals are in good shape. More times than not, you’ll see perhaps one of, if not the best, pass-rush combos in the NFL in Markus Golden and Chandler Jones. But fourth-year man Kareem Martin would like to cash in his ticket to the sack party in 2017.

Martin, 6-foot-6, 272 pounds out of North Carolina, knows his time to contribute is now. With Alex Okafor now gone, Martin would like to take over his role as a pass rusher in the defense’s dime looks.

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The Arizona Cardinals rookies, as a whole, didn’t have their best game against the Chicago Bears

The starters got their longest look yet in the Arizona Cardinals third preseason game. The first team played much more against the Chicago Bears than they did last week. This left somewhat less time for most of the rookies to show what they could do.

The Cardinals lost to the Bears by a score of 24-23 in a game that featured an exciting finish. However, coaches had little to be excited about overall. Not only did the starters struggle, but the rookies didn’t fare all that well either.

Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) tries to elude Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

First round draft pick Haason Reddick once again got caught over-pursuing and running himself out of plays. He recorded one tackle, but was pretty much a non-factor for the second week in a row. The only time he was mentioned was when he was called for a blatant late hit on the quarterback.Budda Baker has been the team’s best performing rookie, but even he was more down than up this week. He had two tackles and was in on a few pass breakups, but he was out of position a few times, gave up a touchdown, and got flagged for pass interference.

Wide Receiver Chad Williams nearly had the play of the game. He was open in the middle of the field for what seemed to be a sure long touchdown, but the pass was high and incomplete. He did record one catch for 15 yards. He did get plenty of playing time.

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Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) intercepts a pass against the Chicago Bears during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

GLENDALE, Ariz. – When praising safety Tyrann Mathieu during training camp, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians always added a disclaimer: Do it on gameday.

Hardly a practice has finished without seeing Mathieu either break up a pass, deflect a pass or intercept a pass; and sometimes all three.

“He’s got his hands on a lot of balls,” Arians said recently, before adding, “Until it’s real bullets, we’ll have to wait and see.”

Wait no more.

In the second quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Chicago Bears, Mathieu recorded his first interception of the preseason. He stepped in front of a Mike Glennon pass intended for Kendall Wright, jumping the route for a red-zone turnover.

“I just saw the receiver stem me. He stemmed me outside, so I knew he was running an out route,” Mathieu said after the 24-23 setback. “I actually thought I was about to get a skinny post, but he ended up breaking it off. We were in an outside leverage coverage, anyway, so I was just able to slip him and get in front of him.”

And once Mathieu had the ball secured in his hands that’s when he really went to work.

Running up the right sidelines, Mathieu high-stepped his way past several would-be tacklers, further exciting the 64,016 in attendance at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Crossing midfield, Mathieu momentarily lost control of the ball only to regain his hold on it and then finally went to the ground at the Bears 43-yard line. It was a 52-yard return.

“He’s a beast. He’s back,” linebacker Markus Golden said of Mathieu. “He’s been doing it in practice since camp started, so we already knew what he could do. He’s just back to being himself.”

The interception helped set up the Cardinals’ first touchdown, a Carson Palmer one-yard throw to tight end Jermaine Gresham on 4th-and-goal to give the Cardinals a 7-3 lead.

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A look around the web at the Arizona Cardinals.

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Happy Tuesday one and all. We are heading towards the Arizona Cardinals fourth preseason game, the third for the Atlanta Falcons, which means it is time to see the starters for an extended look.

Speaking of starters, the Cardinals are looking to get Deone Bucannon back soon.

All of that and more to start your day off.

Kareem Martin Makes Claim For Defensive Role
Notes: Anquan memories; Camp too long: John Brown feeling better.

No “Gloom And Doom” With Karlos Dansby
Inside linebacker corps will be fine, Arians says, as long as veteran is in place.

Cardinals Blogs | Keim: Cards want joint practices next year

Cardinals Blogs | After practice: Dansby’s chicken reaction

All-Access with Cole Toner, Aug. 21: Ready for an eclipse of the preseason
The Arizona Cardinals are coming off their third game of the preseason, and according to offensive lineman Cole Toner, the team is ready to move on.

Kareem Martin in pursuit of third OLB job for Arizona Cardinals
A defensive end in college, Kareem Martin looks to make an impact as the Cardinals’ third outside linebacker behind Chandler Jones and Markus Golden.

Anquan Boldin on retiring: ‘There’s no better time than right now’
Former Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin announced his retirement on Sunday, but his decision to call it a career goes well beyond football.

All-Access with Bruce Arians: Evaluating the Bears game
Bruce Arians spoke with the media about the performance against the Chicago Bears and the fact that some players are ready to return from injury.

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The addition of a 5th round pick from the Patriots finalizes Buffalo’s picks.

The Buffalo Bills have added a new draft pick with the loss of Mike Gillislee. Because he was a restricted free agent, Buffalo receives a 2017 5th round selection from the New England Patriots. It is the 163rd overall selection. With this, Buffalo’s draft order is officially set.

The team’s picks are:

  • Round 1 – 10 overall
  • Round 2 – 44 overall
  • Round 3 – 75 overall
  • Round 5 – 156 overall
  • Round 5 – 163 overall (from New England)
  • Round 5 – 171 overall (from Dallas)
  • Round 6 – 195 overall

Buffalo will be without 4th and 7th round selections thanks to a pair of trades.

The fourth rounder was sent to the Chicago Bears to move up in last year’s draft to select linebacker Reggie Ragland. The seventh round pick was sent to the Dallas Cowboys, along with Matt Cassel, for a fifth round selection two years ago. Chicago will receive the 117th overall selection and the Cowboys the 228th pick.

The Bills could still move down in the first round and acquire more picks in this year’s selection event, something where they’ve been completing their due diligence.

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While there doesn’t seem to be much of a chance Myles Garrett doesn’t end up as the number one pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, which means signing with the Cleveland Browns, teams a little lower down the pecking order are still trying to get a look at the former Texas A&M defensive end like the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers.

The Browns have the first overall pick, which is likely t be used on Garrett, although you can list just about every position on the field as something the Browns need to fill. He’s being compared to DeMarcus Ware, which says a lot. Scouts are impressed with his explosiveness off the line and ability to beat tackles in a variety of ways. Yes, he isn’t perfect against the run, but after three years in College Station that included two All-American selections, his weaknesses are easy to ignore, not to mention fixable.

The Browns are testing other players as well, including quarterbacks, so just in case Garrett somehow slips down the draft order, the Bears and Niners want to be sure he’s worth such a high pick. John Lynch, the Niners new general manager said that Garrett checks all of the boxes after seeing him during pro day. Remember how good Joey Bosa was for the Chargers once he finally signed his contract? People have higher hopes for Garrett.

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